The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost Bat, (Macroderma Gigas) has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of biosonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats are able to detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark.

The ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super-sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still an adorable creature to behold and definitely worth a second look. Living in a few remote locations in the northern regions of Australia, the Ghost Bat is the only carnivorous bat species we have on our great southern land. Sensitive to habitat disruption the GB is now listed as threatened.

 

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost bat has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of bio sonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats are able to detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark, echolocation is like seeing with sound.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and pigmy style nose but he is – his body is smalll – the name Ghost Bat is given to these night time cuties because of the soft transparency of their wings that glow white in the night sky.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still a very cute creature to behold and definetely worth a second look

Learn More Here – The Nature Conservancy Australia

“The mission of ‘The Nature Conservancy’ is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

“Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.”

Find out more about the Ghost Bat as well as the role ‘The Nature Conservancy has in protecting Australian wildlife and habitat.

Learn More Here –
Ghost Bat: Meet Australia’s False Vampire

by Mathew L Miller

“Ghost bats belong to a group of bats known as false vampires. “False vampire bat” is a term applied to five genera of bats found in Asia, Africa, Australia and Central and South America.”

The artwork and illustrations are hand drawn by Emily as are all the artworks and graphics featured across the website.

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